Mantra Meditation The earliest mantras took birth in India over 3,000 years ago and were composed in Vedic Sanskrit (a sacred language of ancient India that is no longer spoken) by the rishis (wise ones) as paths to awareness, using the power of sounds to create specific energy responses. Mantras were one of [...]
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Upaya Yoga ’s 200-hour teacher training prepares its trainees to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently.
My time at Upaya Yoga school was everything I could have wanted. I gained so much knowledge into the yogic lifestyle and have returned home with a spark I hope to share with my community. In addition to the technical knowledge, history and theory, I learned a lot about who I am, who I want to be and the path I hope to pursue. It was a truly transformative experience. Thank you Upaya!
The month with Upaya Yoga was a unique experience. I can only recommend to do the Yoga Teacher Training with them. Krishna is a true master in handling a group of Yoga and he has such a big knowledge in meditation and hatha.
Amazing experience – wonderful location, only 2 minutes walk from the beach. Located in the nice quieter part of Arambol. Teachers are very experienced, staff is super friendly and available 24h if you need help. Food is nice, different every day and they are also open for suggestions if you don’t like something. All you have to do is go there with an open mind and upaya yoga provides the rest.
I have completed an incredible transformation month at Upaya doing my 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training Course, in Goa, India. Its hard to know where to start with this humbling experience, but I am so blessed to have found my way to Upaya Yoga. It is something that everyone need to experience for themselves as its such a life changing personal journey. Firstly I would say that this course is for everyone. even if you don’t want to be a teacher, even if you don’t know how to meditate, there is no limitations – in my group there was a 71 year old and she was incredible, so no excuses!. The programme is so perfectly structured and balanced, I felt like I got knowledge in all yogic areas. The days were always varied with Mantra Chanting, Meditation (also dancing and fun meditations!), Indian Philosophy, Anatomy, Asana practice, Pranayama. We ate so well with fresh local fruits and vegetables, beautiful home cooked ounces and dinners that were different every day. The teachers gave so much time and energy and love to each and every one of us, there every step of the physically, emotionally and mentally challenging journey. The location in Goa is the best, the beach is on our doorstep, a river behind us. its the perfect place to study Yoga. The area to practice in the garden or sit and read a book is just bliss. I can not recommend this place higher, a piece of my heart will always be here with the beautiful people, and the lessons I shared and learned at Upaya. Krishna and the team. Thank you so much for everything. Namaste.
I am home now for almost 3 weeks and I still feel amazing. There has been so much happened to me in my month at Upaya in Goa. A lot of people ask me now; Did it bring me what I was looking for? I can answer this question full with YES! And maybe more than that. It’s very difficult to put in words, but I’ll try … .. First of all …. I’m breathing again, both literally and figuratively, I live! I found myself, I know who I am and what I stand for. I gained so much more self-confidence. In the yoga (poses, meditation, breathing etc) I find my relaxation and rest where I was looking for so long. My head is quieter, but also my actions and even I think my talking. I stopped fighting my limitations and could look better from a distance to my body and mind. I’ve learned what your body and mind can respond to nutrition (great food at Upaya!). Over 7 years I did not feel as good and happy as how I feel now! I know how important it is to incorporate yoga in my daily life to keep me feeling as I feel now. And of course, I’m officially certified yoga teacher by the positive completion of this 200-hour education. Initially, I thought; I can never teach 90 minutes in 4 weeks, but the great team prepares you step by step and unnoticed, you get more self-confidence and learn how to build a lesson to 90 minutes. I have a lot of plans and ideas for the future, but “there is no future”, as Krishna always said, I live in the now and hold on and expand further what I’ve learned in this wonderful journey, but also very intense weeks and there is something coming on my path that I am convinced of. Thanks to you all, Prachi, Prem, Rajshree, Prbha, Chetan and Krishna Namaste, Nathalie from Holland
I had a wonderful time here in upaya yoga for my 200hr teacher training and I would totally recommend this school to everyone who wants to get into yoga on a deeper level and who really wants to teach yoga. The teachers are very knowledgeable and the atmosphere is very familiar here which I really enjoyed. Also the place is very quiet and peaceful, I would come back here any time. Thanks to whole Upaya yoga team who made my time so special here!
Beautiful places and lovely teachers. I am having the best time is my life here.
Just completed my 200-hour Teachers’ Training Course in Goa and feel great. It was an amazing experience! Teachers and staff are experienced, helpful and funny, which helps when days get intense. I highly recommend Upaya Yoga to all those who would like to deepen their yoga practice. Namaste
I enjoyed my experience with Upaya Yoga. The instructors were all knowledgeable and able to offer good, clear instruction. The school tries to offer good training and a good atmosphere for learning.
Great School, Great teachers – fantastic time
The school located in the great environment surrounded by mountains and rivers, so it was very refreshing and life-changing time for me. Teachers took care of students well, and I could learn a lot about how to teach students. Thanks for the time!
Fantastic teachers, rigorous program that educates teachers on proper postures as well as philosophy and yogi lifestyle. Also amazing beach front location. Morning walks and yoga on the beach is priceless!
The month with Upaya Yoga was a uniqe experience. I can only recommend to do the Yoga Teacher Training with them. Krishna is a true master in handling a group of Yoga and he has such a big knowledge in meditation and hatha.
I felt welcome at Upaya Yoga. I can really say that my colleagues and my instructors were, for a month, my family away from home. I felt taken care of, and the knowledge I gained during the course was varied and enriching. When I compared the things I had learned at Upaya Yoga with the things other people learned in other yoga teacher trainings, I realized that I had made a good choice when I picked Upaya Yoga. All the instructors did their best sharing their knowledge with us, and their teachings were both informative and inspiring.
Thank you Upaya Yoga!
Here I finally found a place to deepen my experience of yoga, beyond the physical asanas. I arrived in Goa with a book full of questions, now I can actually say they are all answered – and many new ones are added. I feel so able and inspired to keep practising and experience yoga on my own, thanks to the amazing and diverse team of teachers who is Upaya Yoga. All together leaving me with a greater understanding of the systems in the physical body, mental body and energy body, how they all work together, affecting each other. Upaya Yoga gave me space for experiencing this, at the same time giving the why´s and the how´s, bringing yoga and spirituality down to earth and into the small big things in everyday life, where it belongs.
Thank you for giving me the gift of yoga!
I have had yoga classes with Krishna. Softens a rigid body. Top strength and balance well. Recommended 🙂
I had few classes with the amazing yoga teacher Krishna during my stay in Arambol beach in Goa. These few classes were unforgettable and Krishnas presence and teachings skills are the best. Krishna is very precise and he is not farad to tell you when you are doing something wrong, and thereafter help you to do it right. He is a pusher and will push you to do more that you believed you can which was an amazing feeling. I was so happy with Krishnas classes and I would recommend everyone to do yoga with him. He really is the best teacher I have had and I feel blessed having had the chance to learn from him.
It did not matter that I was in bad shape and had some pain when I started. Krishna is good to incorporate and adapt so that it is possible to take it at your own pace. He put much emphasis on preventing injury and overloading, especially in the beginning, and now the body is virtually painless! . There was great energy in the studio and in class, and I felt welcome right away. We learn a lot while we’re at it, and there are still lots of laughter and good mood, while we push ourselves as far as we are getting into. Every time I stuff something new and get some more, and it is inspiring to see that the other master more and more. Soon I stand on your head … Thank you for challenging, great hours and good teaching, Krishna!
Hui Hui Yung
I decided to join the one month yoga teacher training course not only for the certificate, but more importantly I wanted to find out my real feelings about yoga. The whole month, we did a lot of practice everyday. It was tough and sometimes I was really exhausted but I was very happy. I have to say it can not be a more right decision to go there. I have made new friends and learned a lot, not only yoga asanas but also new attitudes towards life. It seems that yoga opens a new window in front of me. I love yoga and I would like to share it with everyone.
Very good yoga classes! Absolutely incredible that we have been lucky enough to get a professional Indian yoga teacher to Steinkjer.
I recommend everyone to try yoga with Krishna! Excellent and varied training 🙂
Kari Elisabeth Nordgård
The atmosphere is one to fall in love with. Both students and teachers are there with a smile and kind words. As a student I feel cared for and seen, and the teachers are both professional and down to earth. A perfect place for real yoga.
Saskia heringa tønne
This ttc gave me a good basic to start my work as a yogateacher. It showed the many different sides of yoga. The diversity of yogateachers was good, and there was a lot of knowledge to absorb. The body felt great after doing so much yoga in one month. It is nice that this ttc is for everybody, and everybody will get benefits of it, no matter if you are a starter or advanced. It was good to have this ttc as a basic, and be able to build further from her.
I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training end of Jan 2017, and I was so sad when it came time to leave! It felt like a second home and a place where you can focus on your yoga practice in a supportive environment. Here, you won’t feel like you are a student attending a yoga course, but you will feel like you on a crazy journey with many ups and downs. The course is intense: do not take this course if you are not prepared to work hard. You will be challenged mentally and physically, but at the end it is all worth it because it is all part of the learning process in which you will learn a lot about yourself at the same time. If you come with an open mind, a love for yoga, and a desire to learn in a beautiful location, then I would recommend this course for you! Even if you are uncertain if you wish to teach, new or experienced in yoga, it doesn’t matter: you will come out of the course with a deeper understanding of yoga than you came in. Krishna is soft spoken, warm, and has extensive knowledge of Hatha yoga, and most importantly will openly share with you his own life experiences as a teacher — things which you cannot learn from a book. From Praba, the Astanga and vinyasa teacher, I loved the feedback and support from him as it is honest, precise, and directly applicable. However, unexpectedly, my favorite teacher was Ganesh, who taught yoga philosophy! He made this complex topic easy to follow and could answer any question thrown at him. Finally, the staff (Prachi and Prem!) supported in you in whatever they could to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and prepared fantastic food: homemade chapati and the fresh fruit in the morning were definatley my favorite! As for the location, Upaya Yoga it is right on beach, in a quieter area of Arambol, but still in a short walking distance to the main downtown area where you can enjoy various other festivities that Arambol provides during your time off (i.e. Live music, drum circle, various markets, massage, Ayurvedic clinics..). The yoga shala, where you practice, overlooks the beach and you will find yourself enjoying the sunrise and sunset on many days. Overall, coming to Krishnas school exceeded my expectations and I didn’t want to leave!